Africa provides an extraordinary stage for wildlife and flora to develop on its own via national parks and protected areas, and Tanzania Safari seems to lead the way with 16 significant national parks. Besides national parks, there are some wonderful structures created by the almighty and organized by mankind which is now considered wonders of Africa.
Rather than spending your holiday on aeroplanes and road transfers, darting from country to country, we suggest sticking to one place to spend your time. For travellers looking for a great, all-around destination, it’s hard to beat Tanzania. In addition to its incredibly diverse scenery, paradise-esque beaches, and rich culture, Tanzania Safari is home to not one, but Five World Heritage Sites. These are:
- The Serengeti National Park
- Ngorongoro Crater/Conservation Area
- Selous Game Reserve
- Zanzibar Island
- Mount Kilimanjaro
1. The Serengeti National Park
Perhaps what makes Tanzania so special and a highly sought after destination is the annual Great Migration which takes place in both Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya? But the Tanzanian side is preferred over Kenyan part as the wildebeest spend considerable more amount of time in Tanzania as opposed to Maasai Mara in Kenya.
During this period, herds of wildebeest, almost a million zebras, and other exotic animals like elands and Thomson’s gazelle migrate from Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara in Kenya and then again back to Serengeti to start the cycle over again. The Serengeti National Park is the most famous reserve in Tanzania. With the highest concentration of wildlife, it’s one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world. This national park was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
2. Ngorongoro Crater/Conservation Area
The largest unbroken caldera in the world is Ngorongoro Crater, often called the African’s Garden of Eden. It forms the central focus of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is a largely unspoilt wilderness covering an area of 8292 sq km. Ngorongoro Crater has a large concentration of game, which coupled with the scenic beauty will leave you speechless. It is the home of elephants, cheetahs, lions, buffaloes, wildebeests and the rare black rhinos. As any form of human settlement is prohibited in the reserve with the exception of Maasai people who come here to graze their castles, the plant and animal life enjoy a natural ecosystem in which they can develop. There are several safari lodges and camps that will make your holiday here worthwhile.
3. Selous Game Reserve
A UNESCO Heritage Site since 1982 because of its large faunal significance, Selous Game Reserve is one of the major tourist attractions in Tanzania and is considered the largest wildlife reserves in the world with a total area of approximately 54,600 sq km. Selous is also one of the only game hunting Destinations In Tanzania where you can have a wonderful trophy hunting experience. Selous features a diverse topography of rocky outcrops, dense woodlands and open plains which form an ideal breeding ground for the wildlife inhabiting this reserve. The animals include elephants, cheetahs, and giraffes. You’ll also find crocodiles and hippos in the lakes and Rufiji River. There are a variety of things to do in Selous such as game drives, walking safaris, and boat safaris.
4. Zanzibar Island
Off the shores of mainland Tanzania, there are a variety of little islands which make up the Zanzibar archipelago which lately has emerged one of the top travel destinations in East Africa. Zanzibar Beach Holiday offers a more secluded and remote beach experience, away from the attraction of the main island. However, some of these islands are only accessible at certain times of the day according to tide levels. Scuba diving and snorkelling are the favourite activities among tourists besides sailing excursions and picnics. Zanzibar’s Stone Town is an excellent example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. The town is an outstanding material manifestation of cultural fusion and harmonization because of which UNESCO designed it as a World Heritage Site.
5. Mount Kilimanjaro
Africa’s tallest mountain and the world’s tallest free-standing, Mount Kilimanjaro is a massive inactive stratovolcano standing tall with a height of 5,895 meters. Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing is a personal challenge undertaken by travellers of all ages. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park which also covers its surrounding mountain forest belt. Due to significant wildlife density at the lower altitudes of Mt. Kilimanjaro and in the forests, it was designated as a game reserve in the early part of the 20th century, but eventually got promoted as a national park in 1973. The park was later designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. But the central focus still remains on Mount Kilimanjaro which has evolved one of the best trekking places in the world.
When you’re in Tanzania Safari Tours, it’s really hard to avoid any of these five marvels. In fact, it’d be a sin and disdain to the Tanzania natural heritages (with the exception of any unavoidable circumstances). Even if you’re not able to visit all the places in one go, do come back one more time. We promise you’ll not be left with disappointment.
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